Surgeons inherently favor performing procedures in the operating room. It is the obvious choice since it is a controlled, sterile environment, with the assistance of an anesthesiologist, surgical technician, and circulating nurse. However, through technological advances in the field of intensive care medicine, bringing the operating room to the bedside is becoming more feasible, cost-effective, efficient, and, most importantly, safe. Therefore, surgeons must adapt to this new operating venue if it will provide the best outcome for the patient. This chapter focuses on common procedures performed in the critically ill and the risks and benefits of performing these procedures at the bedside.
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